The 61st birthday celebrations of world renowned spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi today marked the launch of welfare schemes worth crores of rupees across the country.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who applauded Amma’s efforts in spreading the message of love, truth and compassion at the birthday celebrations held here, announced a Rs 25 crore flood relief and rehabilitation package for Jammu and Kashmir offered by the Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt (MAM).
The Mutt will construct houses for those who have been hit by the floods. The Minister also handed over the keys of the houses the Mutt constructed for 250 families in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, following the flash floods in June 2013.
The package takes forward the trust’s long history of humanitarian intervention in disaster-hit regions of India. The Minister also distributed keys and certificates to 500 houses the Mutt has constructed recently across Kerala. Since 1998, the Math has constructed 45,000 houses for the homeless in more than 75 locations across India.
Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala launched the extension of a widow pension scheme of MAM which currently has 69,000 beneficiaries. The scheme will now be benefit 99,000 destitute women.
State Health Minister V S Shivakumar announced MAM’s offer of medical support for the poor. Under the welfare scheme, the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences will undertake 200 kidney transplants, 250 heart surgeries and 150 neuro surgeries, all free of cost.
The function witnessed unveiling of various innovative technologies developed by Amrita University. These included Amrita Deepam, a microbial fuel cell developed by the Amrita Center of Biotechnology which utilises energy from bacterial growth in waste water to generate electricity, while simultaneously purifying the water.
State Minister C N Balakrishnan unveiled Amrita Karshakan, a solution for farmers facing serious financial problems enabling them to receive fair compensation for their produce. It enables farmers to trade using SMS, Web and mobile platforms as well as kiosks.
The Minister launched the Amritadyuti Solar Home-Lighting System developed by the Nanosolar Division of Amrita Centre for Nanosciences. This low-costs system consists of three LED lights, a radio and a mobile-charger running on solar energy. It has been designed as a package for Amrita Kuteeram homes and village hamlets to ensure power supply when they are cut off from the main grid.
Kerala Chief Whip Shri P C George unveiled Amrita Veechi, a low-Cost EEG System for Epilepsy and Brain-Computer Interface (BCI). This device, which can be used via a brain-computer interface, can assist with cognitive studies. He distributed Amrita Spandanam, a wireless technology device that allows doctors to continue to remotely monitor the vital signs of their patients.
Mr K C Venugopal MP unveiled Amrita’s A-One Fuel-Maker, an electricity-free machine for producing fuel briquettes from bio mass, such as husk, sawdust, pine needles, dry leaves, etc. He also launched the Amrita All-Purpose Solar Dryer for drying vegetables, fruits and herbal leaves using indirect passive heating technology, thereby preserving mineral and vitamin compositions.
The Amrita Big Data Framework (ABDF), an all-integrated framework for effortless Big Data analytics that can help generate intelligence for improved decision-making and efficiency, was also unveiled by Shri Venugopal.
Forest and Transport Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan unveiled AMMACHI Lab’s Amrita Santhulam (Balance Trainer), a physical rehabilitation system for patients suffering from stroke, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes and other ailments that cause impaired body balance.
He also unveiled Amrita Aarogyam, a low-cost medical device that combines a medical device, an interface device, and mobile device all configured with Amrita’s health-awareness and monitoring program.
Amma Nalkiya Paadangal, a new Malayalam book by Swami Pranavamritananda Puri was released by Swami Pranavananda Theertha of Sivagiri Mutt.
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